Craft Beer Calling 2017

In a recent post, I explored how the York branch of CAMRA were going about modernising the traditional CAMRA beer festival. This weekend, I attended a session at Craft Beer Calling, a non-CAMRA affiliated festival. So, what can beer drinkers expect from a festival that doesn’t have to toe the line of CAMRA policy?  Continue reading Craft Beer Calling 2017

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Brewdog Collabfest 2017

Talk beer to a modern beer drinker and you can probably expect Brewdog to come up at some point. Whether you like them or not, they have influenced the UK beer scene significantly since they arrived. They have challenged the way we experience beer, from flavour and style, to product branding and marketing. There isn’t often a day that goes by without something happening in the Brewdog world. Recently, this seemed dialled up to eleven with two significant events happening. First, the launch of Equity for Punks V, then Brewdog Collabfest.

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Fresh Hop Home Brewing

For professional brewers, late summer and early autumn is an exciting time. This time of year, is hop harvesting time, which means a fresh supply of the plant that gives so much flavour and aroma to beer. With loads of different varieties of hop plants, plus new experimental hops being produced regularly, it means brewers can not only continue to brew their tasty core ranges of beers, but also get a little bit creative too.

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Cardigan Arms, Kirkstall

Steeped in history, the Cardigan Arms has been evidenced to exist back in 1798, but is thought to be older than that. This would make it one of Leeds’ oldest still trading public houses, although a few decades younger than Whitelocks and a mere toddler compared to the claimed grand old age of the Bingley Arms in Bardsey, which it is said dates to before 1000 AD.

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Goose Island, Proof AB InBev Aren’t so Bad?

Having been sucked into the ‘craft’ beer world like many others, I have been quite hostile towards AB InBev (who own around 30% of the global beer market) and any other large drinks conglomerate (Heineken, Constellation etc.). I’ve fallen hook, line and sinker based on propaganda from independent breweries about the tragic taking over of other ‘craft’ breweries – think Camden Town and Meantime to name a couple. It’s not just the propaganda though, it’s word of mouth from people who work in and around the industry, where the stories are that smaller breweries are just being absorbed into the machine, with brands being killed off or quality diluted, and people being made redundant as production moves elsewhere.

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